FIFI from the 1940’s – The last flying WWII era B-29 Superfortress

The Commemorative Air Force flew into Daytona Beach, Florida this weekend with the beautiful "FIFI", a Boeing B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber.

The first flight of the B-29 occurred on 30 December 1942, but did not enter service until April of 1944 due to extensive changes and modifications needed during the development of the aircraft.

The B-29 is most known for two missions that occurred in August 1945, the missions flown over Hiroshima and Nagasaki that lead to the end of World War II. 

In the years following the end of World War II, many of our wartime aircraft were scrapped. In 1957, the Commemorative Air Force was founded to save these rare aircraft.

Today only 25 are still in existence, and all but FIFI are parked in museums. FIFI is the only remaining airworthy B-29 bomber.

These photos were taken at Daytona Beach International Airport on March 4, 2012.

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(special thanks to the Commemorative Air Force for the above information.. an exception would be the photos)

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1 Comment

  1. April 5, 2012, 9:51 pm   /  Reply

    Interesting that you have 5 shots of the Tail Section of the B29, My Dad was a Tail Gunner during WWII stationed on Tinan and flew 26 missions during the war. He kept a diary of those missions and sometime wondered if he would make it back.
    His plane was "Dearly Beloved" Ramp Tramp
    Four of his crew members are still with us today, God's Blessings to them for their service to our country.

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